1. The 39 Steps at NextStop Theatre.
“Great show out of the gate, showing that cheeky minimalist style of the brits and brings back an era of seat of your pants theatre–grabbing a piece of a prop and creating a moment. No time to think about it, on to the next thing. I wouldn’t miss it.” – Brian Bochicchio, MD Theatre Guide.
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Synopsis: What do you get when you mix a Hitchcock masterpiece, a juicy spy novel, and just a dash of Monty Python? One of the cleverest, exciting, and hysterical plays to come out of Broadway in years! An amazing cast of 4 takes on more than 140 characters in a fast-paced whodunit that zips across England and Scotland. Murder, high speed chases, mistaken identities, espionage, and romance will keep you on the edge of your seat in this loving homage to the classic spy thriller films of the 30’s.
2. A Beginner’s Guide to Deicide by Single Carrot Theatre.
“In this world of Single Carrot meets Vampire Cowboys the zany and the ridiculous needs no explanation.” – Robert Michael Oliver, MD Theatre Guide.
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Synopsis: Badass Catholic schoolgirl Lucy travels to the ends of the earth to complete her simple but urgent mission: she has to kill God, and fast. With her reluctant sister in tow, she meets some epic and familiar faces, transgresses some major boundaries along the way, and realizes that this journey of a lifetime may be her last.
3. Marry Me a Little at Creative Cauldron.
“… a chance to get reacquainted with some of Sondheim’s lesser known works.” – Elliot Lanes, MD Theatre Guide.
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Synopsis: A charming and bittersweet musical revue featuring songs by Stephen Sondheim, the undisputed master of the contemporary Broadway musical. Two urban singles share a Saturday night of sweet fantasies and deep yearning while never leaving the confines of their solitary apartments. Together they breathe new theatrical life and meaning into a collection of trunk songs that were culled from the final productions of Anyone Can Whistle, Follies, Company, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, and A Little Night Music. A smart, funny, sophisticated, and moving evening of theater and a fascinating look at “the songs that got away.”
4. Unplugged by Flying V Theatre at the Writers’ Center.
“…two gutsy and thought provoking works.” – Victoria Durham, MD Theatre Guide.
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Synopsis: The 27 Club – a group of brilliant, troubled musicians all dead before their time. Live fast, die young, and leave a good looking corpse. But then what? Tune in to Robert Johnson, special guest on a never-ending talk show hosted by the Devil in Hell. Follow Kurt Cobain into the wilderness of Heaven for a long overdue talk with God. Rock and Roll is dead. Welcome to the after-party.
5. The Scarecrow by Ruxton Players.
The Ruxton Players are pleased to present the first Baltimore production in several decades of the first great American play of the 20th century, The Scarecrow by Percy MacKaye, running October 11-12 and 18-19, 2013. Funny, touching, poetic, and magical, the play is appropriate for audiences of all ages.
Synopsis: Based on the Nathaniel Hawthorne story “Feathertop,” the play, which premiered in 1911, is set in New England at the time of the Salem witch trials. Bess Rickby is a witch who hungers for revenge against her former lover, Justice Merton, who jilted her in order to advance a political career based on an agenda of rooting out witchcraft in the colony. Aided by the diabolical Dickon, Rickby brings a common scarecrow to life, hoping to pass him off as Merton’s lovechild, now grown to manhood and seeking restitution. With his eyes now opened to the wonders of this world, however, the scarecrow, called Ravensbane, gradually develops a human conscience, especially upon falling in love with Merton’s compassionate and forward-thinking ward, Rachel – much to the consternation of her puritanical fiancé, Richard Talbot. Meanwhile, Dickon sees the opportunity to use Ravensbane to lure not just Merton into his clutches, but Rachel as well. Soon Ravensbane realizes he faces a tragic dilemma: either defy Dickon at the cost of the life he has come to cherish, or allow the evil plan to go forward and thus lose his newfound soul.